Nolan talks third Batman
While Christopher Nolan has been talking about Superman, he's also talked a little about the next Batman film, the third he's directed and the way he's talking it's going to be his last and perhaps the last for the Batman we know.
Certainly his comments make you think that they intend to finish his franchise, and if anyone else it to continue the Batman franchise then they'll be doing it with their Batman, not his.
I find this interesting. Most directors and writers in a similar situation with a franchise like this would be under pressure by the studio to keep it going, to allow a handover point for the next creative team on the franchise, or at least to give the studio the chance to continue it.
”Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story...And in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story...
...Unlike the comics, these things don’t go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful. Viewing it as an ending, that sets you very much on the right track about the appropriate conclusion and the essence of what tale we’re telling. And it harkens back to that priority of trying to find the reality in these fantastic stories. That’s what we do.”
That sounds to me like he's thinking of an ending to the franchise, and a big ending, not a little ending to his directing it, but a very clear underline and final page to the Batman we've been seeing.
We could extrapolate that further and suggest that it could be the end of Batman altogether, could they be killing off the Batman we know and building an idea that there really are different people behind the Batman mask, not something that's been explored in the films before.
Personally I don't think that he will be killing Bruce Wayne, although I have to admit that there's a glint of doubt in that statement. I think that there will be a definite ending to the story, but perhaps not to Wayne as the Batman.
”I’m very excited about the end of the film, the conclusion, and what we’ve done with the characters...My brother has come up with some pretty exciting stuff...
...My brother is writing a script for me and we’ll wait to see how it turns out.... He’s struggling to put it together into the epic story that you want it to be.”
A couple of contradictory comments there, but it's clear that there is a strong story there, he's just fighting to bring it up to the epic standards of Nolan, and I think that's a great thing that Nolan is holding out for that level of story.
It's also great to hear that they are fighting for the reality once again, keeping it focussed on that and not getting lost in the Batman superhero side. Could this be the best yet? I damn well hope so, but even if it isn't, it would still be a fantastic Batman film wouldn't it?